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I'm trying to call a command from a variable in a script with a specific locale, example :

$ myYTDL="LANG=C.UTF-8 youtube-dl --get-filename"

but each time I try and call it in the script, I get :

$ $myYTDL $url
LANG=C.UTF-8: command not found

How can I do that ?

marked as duplicate by Kusalananda bash Mar 11 at 22:07

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  • @kusalananda I thought my question was one specific to the assignment before the command in the variable. I didn't know this could be solved by calling the eval builtin : myYTDL="eval LANG=C.UTF-8 youtube-dl" Thanks bro :) – SebMa Mar 12 at 10:36
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    That's definitely the wrong take-home message from that question. Use a shell function or put the command into an array. – Kusalananda Mar 12 at 11:07